Teachers and volunteers should plan to attend the Summer Teacher and Volunteer Bus Tour held by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation’s Ag in the Classroom program. Attendees will learn how to incorporate agricultural concepts into their K-12 curricula, network with fellow educators and obtain free resources available to students and classrooms.
A $50 registration fee includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, Tuesday night dinner, bus costs, entry fees and snacks. Participants are responsible for their own hotel expenses and additional purchases at venues. Get your registration here.
All participants will be required to pay the registration fees. Other expenses of the training opportunities are covered by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation-Jeanette Poulson Fund.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers undergraduate and graduate credits for attending the tour. Please contact Dr. James Graham at 715.425.3555 or James.Graham@uwrf.edu for more information. Those taking the training for credits will register and pay tuition fees directly to UW-River Falls.
The 2014-15 Essay Contest is now open for entries from fourth and fifth grade students. Entries must be posted marked by April 1. The topic is: “Why are bees important to Wisconsin agriculture?” The 2015 Book of the Year is “The Beeman” by Laurie Krebs. The book and essay topic allows us to educate students about where food comes from, learn about Thomas Jefferson and his gardening research, understand how plants grow and make healthy food choices. The Agriculture in the Classroom essay contest is sponsored by the Frontier Servco FS, We Energies and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.
The Children’s Agriculture Book series is an ongoing effort by Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom to promote books for elementary-age children that accurately portray modern agriculture. The books are appropriate for grades K-6 and have been selected for their accuracy, readability, and overall appeal to kids.